Read beyond national and disciplinary boundaries
The major in Literature is perfectly suited for students who love to read, analyze and create texts. Students seeking a bachelor's degree in Literature will encounter canonical literature, including poems, plays, and novels, as well as films, oral storytelling, song, journalism, comics, digital media and so much more. In addition to acquiring a broad knowledge of literary history, criticism, and theory, students will learn the skills to create some of the forms they study. The major thus produces critical readers and writers. Central to the major in Literature is the notion that literature has a vital relationship to culture and society. As the major offers students a traditional grounding in literary study and, at the same time, opens up connections to professional pathways, our students learn to think critically about the ways in which literary culture operates in the global sphere.
Our topic-based courses are taught by faculty who publish internationally and have connections with the creative industries. Our offerings are particularly strong in the fields of postcolonial studies, travel writing, ecocriticism, media studies, and modern literature and culture. Students who pursue a Literature major graduate prepared and inspired to pursue careers in fields such as journalism, publishing, researching, non-profit or government agencies and the media. Many students go on to further education in literary studies. The curriculum for the Literature major has organized around three components. After completing foundation courses that give students the essential tools for literary analysis and a strong theoretical grounding, students go on to choose among more specialized and advanced literary studies courses in a broad range of topics. Students are also encouraged to pursue elective courses that explore literary contexts and that link up with professional pathways.
*All Bachelor of Arts degrees require a total of 120 credits consisting of Core Requirements, Major Requirements, and General Elective courses. Prerequisites may be required for courses outside of the major.
Undergraduate admission to Franklin University Switzerland is selective, competitive and based primarily on the following:
High School Record
SAT I or ACT Scores
By the time you start your application, you are expected to have completed a solid university preparatory program. We recommend a program that includes four years of English grammar, composition, and literature; three years of a foreign language; three years of history; three years of mathematics, and two years of science. Coursework in areas such as art, computer science, and music is also recommended.
Cost & Fees
US Nationals / Permanent Residents and Canadian Nationals Academic Tuition Includes Academic Travel (Required, two weeks each semester): $40,800 per year
All Other Nationalities Academic Tuition Includes Academic Travel(Required, two weeks each semester): CHF 49,100 per year
Scholarships & Financial Aid
At Franklin, we see financing your education as an investment and partnership among you, your family, and the University. About 70 percent of Franklin students receive financial aid in a variety of forms, such as need- and merit-based scholarships, government, and private aid and engagement incentives. Franklin offers scholarships, financial aid, and other initiatives, and various external programs are available based on citizenship and need assessment. Together we will create your financial aid package and carefully guide you through your financing options.
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We welcome you and your friends and family to experience what it means to live and learn in our safe, international environment.
Franklin University Switzerland is accredited in both the United States and Switzerland.
That means that your degree is truly international, with automatic validity in two countries, and that you have an advantage to pursuing an international career or furthering your study in the US or Switzerland. The doors opened by a Franklin education go far beyond these two countries, though, and most countries in the world will grant equivalence to a Franklin degree if you have your sights set elsewhere.
Franklin maintains this recognition through periodic quality assurance reviews by authorities from the US and Switzerland.
Where Our Graduates Go
Employers look for candidates with a reliable skill set, and Franklin students have it! Within a year of graduation, 95% of our students obtain full-time employment in a wide variety of sectors, as shown in the graphic. At Franklin, you’ll get the education you need and acquire the skills employers want.
Since we began in 1970, there are now over 7,000 alumni already making a difference in their home towns, and in new, exciting locations around the globe. Let FUS help you get where you want to go.
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